Martin Truex Jr. was dominant throughout and had enough left on a final restart to win the NASCAR Cup race Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky.
Second in points entering the 400-mile event, Truex started second beside Kyle Busch and won the first two stages. He led the final segment by as many as 15 seconds before a final caution created overtime and bunched the field together.
That made no difference as Truex flew past Busch on the restart and went on to his third victory of the season and 10th of his career. He led 152 of 274 laps in the No. 78 Toyota to draw within a point of standings leader Kyle Larson, who finished second in a Chevy.
Chase Elliott was third in a Chevy, followed by Denny Hamlin and Busch in Toyotas. Busch led 112 laps but fell short of his third Kentucky victory.
Busch won the Xfinity Series race earlier Saturday and for a while appeared headed toward NASCAR's first same-day sweep of the two series. But Kentucky's most dominant driver could not touch Truex.
Larson's finish was impressive considering he started 40th after failing inspection on Friday. He soon was among the contenders before being penalized for speeding on pit road, overcoming that setback to pass Busch after the final restart.
Scratched: Bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes from her title defense against Valentina Shevchenko after being hospitalized Saturday a few hours before UFC 213 in Las Vegas.
Tied for the lead: Spaniard Jon Rahm, one of golf's hottest young talents, after three rounds of the Irish Open at Portstewart. The other co-leader is little-known American Daniel Im.
All-Star performer: Pop star Bebe Rexha, who will sing the national anthem on Tuesday night before the MLB All-Star Game at Marlins Park in Miami.
U.S. manages only a draw with Panama
Dom Dwyer scored for the second straight game but Miguel Camarago's goal gave Panama a 1-1 tie against the United States in Nashville, the first time the Americans failed to win their opener in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The U.S. had won its previous 13 Gold Cup openers and dropped to 30-1-4 in Gold Cup group-stage play, with the lone defeat against Los Canaleros in 2011.
PGA Tour rookie remains in the lead
Sebastian Munoz shot a 2-under 68 to maintain a two-stroke lead after the third round of The Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. The 24-year-old Colombian was at 14-under 196 at Old White TPC. Davis Love III, at age 53, was at 10 under after a 68.
• Katherine Kirk shot a 7-under 65 to open a four-stroke lead at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic in Oneida, Wis. The 35-year-old Australian is 20 under for the tournament; the LPGA Tour record for 72 holes is 27 under.
French rider wins Tour's eighth stage
Lilian Calmejane has won Stage 8 to the Rousses ski station in the Jura Massif for his first victory in his first Tour de France. Calmejane, riding for French Direct Energie, fought cramps after breaking away on the final climb and hung on for victory in only the second visit by the Tour to the Rousses. It was the second win at this Tour for a French rider. Chris Froome finished in a group further back, retaining the overall race lead.
AROUND THE HORN
WNBA: The Connecticut Sun staged the biggest comeback in franchise history, overcoming a 22-point deficit to beat the visiting Washington Mystics 96-92. … Breanna Stewart had 26 points and Jewell Loyd added 22 as the host Seattle Storm beat the Los Angeles Sparks 81-69.
IndyCar: Will Power won the pole for Sunday's IndyCar race at Iowa Speedway. Series leader Scott Dixon will start 17th.
Formula One: Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas beat Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel to take the pole position for the Austrian Grand Prix. It was the second pole of the Finnish driver's career, and both have been since joining Mercedes this season.
Minnesota scene: Mark Hamburger struck out 11 in seven innings and improved to 9-1 as the St. Paul Saints defeated the host Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 4-2.
15,000Total elevation in feet when the seven ascents are added together for Sunday's ninth stage of the Tour de France in eastern France's Jura mountains. That's just shy of the height of western Europe's highest peak, Mont Blanc. Three of the climbs are so tough they defy categorization on cycling's sliding scale of climbing toughness. With an average 10 percent gradient, and even steeper than that in parts, it will push riders to the very limit.